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Your lips are one of your favorite features and yet they are thinner than you’d like. Over the past few days, weeks and months, you’ve experimented with different lip liners and highlighters to get that sexy Scarlett Johansson pout. At this point, you’ve pretty much become a pro at playing up your lips with makeup. But no one ever told you that faking your way to fuller lips is a lot more stressful, time-consuming and expensive than those beauty tutorials you’ve spent hours watching make it seem.

Before you turn to fillers or surgery, here’s how you can get naturally plump, kissable lips without the Hollywood cost. Get ready to pucker up!

Use Essential Oils for a Quick Fix

For bigger lips, use essential oils such as cinnamon and peppermint. Not only are they known for increasing blood circulation, they also bring out the natural redness of your lips. Consider adding a drop of peppermint oil to your favorite balm so you can take it on the go. Cayenne pepper and capsicum oil are equally effective but will leave your lips with a burning sensation if you use too much.

Make Your Own Exfoliating Lip Scrub

Create a homemade scrub by mixing together brown sugar and coconut oil (or olive oil). This will give you a super smooth pout. It will also leave your lips feeling very refreshed and rejuvenated.

Brush Your Lips Often

When it comes to showing off your gorgeous smile, brushing your lips is just as important as brushing your teeth. Gently massaging your lips with a wet brush gets rid of dead skin cells and enhances blood flow. Try layering your toothbrush with a homemade lip scrub for extra effect.

Whip Your Lips into Shape With a Workout

There are many lip exercises that naturally lift and tone your lips. The best part about this is that you can easily fit them into your daily routine. Alternate between smiling and pursing your lips for a kiss for at least five to ten minutes. Test this out on your way to work or while you’re in line at the supermarket.​

Add Honey or Beeswax to Your Nightly Routine

Bee venom injections have become a huge trend in Hollywood. For a cheaper and much more accessible alternative, rub honey or beeswax on your lips before you go to bed.

Up Your Water Intake

If you needed another excuse to drink more water, here’s one. Drinking water regularly is the best way to get fuller and healthier lips. Hydrating your lips from the inside will keep them looking younger looking on the outside.